Winnipeg Falcons

​The Winnipeg Falcons was a hockey team of the early 20th century that was made up almost solely of players of Icelandic heritage.
​The Winnipeg Falcons was a hockey team of the early 20th century that was made up almost solely of players of Icelandic heritage.


Winnipeg Falcons

“There’s always been this fuss that we should put something about the Falcons [in] the museum in Gimli,” Brian Johannesson said. “But my [position] was that they get 1,000 people a year, and the Hockey Hall of Fame gets more than 1,000 a day, so that’s why I put the jersey in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.”

Icelandic Canadian Heroes

“Our history isn’t well known — very little about these fellows and what they went through to get where they did,” said Dan Johnson, a long-time member of the Falcons Forever committee. Johnson was born in the Icelandic community of Gimli, Manitoba, and later moved to Winnipeg.

“It wasn’t easy for them,” Johnson said. “But there’s ... a terrific sense of pride about their story. Like a lot of immigrant groups, their language and their culture and their activities were private affairs. But one of their main objectives was to be Canadians.”

Note: Dan Johnson and Brian Johannesson were interviewed by the author in 2012.


Olympic Team Roster

Hebbie Axford

Club President

Bill Fridfinnson

Club Secretary-Treasurer

Fred “Steamer” Maxwell

Coach/Manager

Gordon Sigurjonsson

Trainer

W.A. Hewitt

Olympic Team Manager

Bobby Benson

Left Defence

Wally Byron

Goal

Frank Fredrickson

Centre

Chris Fridfinnson

Substitute Rover

Mike Goodman

Left Wing

Hallie “Slim” Halderson

Right Wing

Konnie Johannesson

Right Defence

Allan “Huck” Woodman

Substitute Forward


Winnipeg Falcons

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